Here we are again with coach Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants. At 5-2 after seven games, where the Giants always are. Under Coughlin, the Giants have been 5-2 in seven of his eight seasons. The other year? They were 6-1.
Why not just start the season after seven games? The Giants are always in the same place, record and respect-wise. As usual, the Giants have put themselves in a good position with nine games to play. As usual, it seems pretty much every pundit on the planet does not believe the Giants are really all that good. As usual, the Giants' schedule the rest of the way is tougher -- much tougher this time around -- than it was the first part of the season.
So, here we go again. The message from Coughlin all season has been about finishing. The Giants have taken it to heart, winning four times with fourth-quarter comebacks. Now the question is, can they finish the season strong?
The November numbers during the Tom Coughlin era are not pretty -- 11 wins, 16 losses (.407 winning percentage). The November schedule is foreboding -- at New England (5-2), at San Francisco (6-1), vs. Philadelphia (3-4), at New Orleans (5-3).
The Giants are -- obviously -- a flawed team. The running game is the worst ever for a Coughlin-coached team. The defense has yet to show that it can consistently stop the run. Injuries have worn the team's depth down to a nub. They have struggled mightily to beat a couple of bad teams (Arizona and Miami) and lost to another bad team (Seattle).
The fact that most members of the national media do not believe in the Giants is understandable. Question is, can the Giants -- for the first time in several seasons -- prove them wrong?
The mountain is pretty high, despite the fact that the Giants have a head start on their NFC East competition. Probably fitting that it starts Sunday in New England vs. the team and the quarterback against whom the Giants scaled their biggest mountain ever, winning Super Bowl XLII.
Let's see where this goes.